|Some historic Barcelona buildings- you can see the illegal independence flag toward the bottom|
|Park Guell overlooking the city|
|Fountain featured in Vicki Cristina Barcelona|
From there, I met up with Sebastian for a walking tour of the city. Sebastian was an amazing tour guide... He has incredible curiosity and attention to detail, and as hopped between churches, parks and picturesque streets, he'd point out things I would never notice. He showed me plaques in front of historic stores that showed businesses in operation since the 1800s, lamp posts designed by Gaudi in a random courtyard of fancy restaurants, a beautiful fountain featured in Vicki and Christina Barcelona movie, a secret garden nestled in a hotel and a life-sized mammoth. So many best kept secrets away from the crowds up people finishing up holiday shopping! After that, I met up with a Finnish girl and the two Indian engineers who I was supposed to stay in a hostel with. We roamed the streets of the city center, looking for food. Places were closing in front of our eyes so we ended up in an Irish pub, munching on a random assortment of things. Fortunately, Ruptav didn't resort to the Indian curry but it was still pretty weird to be eating fajitas and burgers in an Irish pub in Spain, where the waiter greeted people speaking in Spanish through a thick Irish brawl. It was slightly reminiscent of my "traditional New Years dinner with Professor Pao's family", eating pizza while drinking jasmine tea in an Italian restaurant in Taiwan. But it's the company you keep that matters and Kajsa and the boys made it a delightfully evening.
|Ornate exterior of Sagrada Familia|
|Me outside of Casa Battlo, my favorite Gaudi attraction|
Today has been a pretty lazy day because I'm coming down with a cold and it's windy outside. But Barcelona has been incredible, and contrary to my Facebook photos, I shared memories with amazing people every step of the way. I'm always shy to ask them to be in pictures with me but I should demand it in the future. I'm thoroughly satisfied with my Barcelona sightseeing and semi-shortly, I'll be starting the journey to the airport and then I'll be off for a final four days in Lisbon, Portugal. The link to my full Barcelona album is here.
|Raghav and I near Port Vell|